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The Elgin Marbles Hardcover – 13 Jul 1987


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus (13 July 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701131632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701131630
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,365,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Hitchens lives in Washington and writes for Vanity Fair and The Nation. His previous books include Blood, Class and Nostalgia: Anglo-American Ironies, International Territory: the United Nations 1945-95 (with Adam Bartos) and For the Sake of Argument: Essays and Minority Reports, all from Verso. Robert Browning was Professor Emeritus in Classics at the University of London and the author of numerous books and articles on ancient Greece. Graham Binns has worked in the Arts Council and in the broadcasting and communications industries, during the course of which he became a Philhellene. In 1997 he succeeded Robert Browning as Chairman of the British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles in 1997. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ryan P. Duffer on 7 Oct. 2004
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This book outlines a great arguement by the author as to why he feels that the Elgin Marbles (ie The marble statues and carvings that adorned the Parthenon in ancient Athens) should be returned to Greece.
Hitchens sets out his stall from the outset as to why he feels that Elgin's actions were morally wrong. He then goes on to counter every argument laid forth by The British Museum over the years.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of visiting or has recently visited The British Museum in London.
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An excellent critical overview of the subject. The Parthenon's past and present and particularly the case of the Marbles are laid out in a concise narrative.
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17 of 49 people found the following review helpful By sotony on 30 July 2008
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Hitchens is articulate as ever, but you should know (even if he doesn't) that each year the number of people who visit the British Museum AND SEE THE ELGIN MARBLES THERE is far greater than the number of people who visit any part of the whole city of Athens for any reason. That is why the collections of the British Museum, with its great remit to educate and enlighten a vast public free of charge, is a far greater cultural artefact than the Parthenon itself, with or without the Marbles enclosed in a shiny new glass box a mile away. Cast off your post-colonial guilt - keep the Marbles where the most people can see them, and within a priceless context of ancient Greek artefacts and scholarship. They can never be returned to the Parthenon itself so the 'in situ' argument is nonsense. And by the way, the building of the new, empty museum in Athens caused irreparable archaeological damage to the ancient city below. This was a political, not a cultural or archaeological, gesture.
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Useful reference 2 Sept. 2011
By ADKRTCHR - Published on Amazon.com
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Used this book as a reference for writing an essay on whether the Elgin Marbles should be returned to Greece. It was indispensable for both historical and debate content.
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Pretty Solid Case 2 Oct. 2009
By R. J. Marsella - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been fortunate enough to see the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum and might be expected to sympathize with the argument put forward by those who think leaving them in London allows for greater access to more people. Nevertheless the arguments presented here for returning them to Athens to be displayed in the context of the new Parthenon/Acropolis museum made great sense to me. it is hard to read the history and the record of how they arrived in London without being convinced that they really belong to GREECE.
can't get any better than this 2 Sept. 2014
By Dimitri Giokas - Published on Amazon.com
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A thorough academic effort combined with Hitchens' writing charisma, can't get any better than this. Excellent read, recommended for anyone with an interest in the topic of the Parthenon marbles.
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Immature and "sterile" daughters and sons of Elgin - it is time to return the marbles of the Parthenon to their mother, Greece 22 Dec. 2013
By damianos manolis - Published on Amazon.com
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IT IS WELL WRITTEN by the powerful reporter and writer Christopher Hitchens. It is very informative based on historical facts. I hope the government of the United Kingom and the trustees of the British museum willl come to their senses and return the marbles
to the place that they were created. It is time for the British government to correct their "Double Sin" that they have committed. Their original sin committed by their Lord Elgin, and the sin of the crime of our civilization of the 21st century that violates the values and
the principles of the legal and moral law by keeping the marbles in their British museum. The marbles are children of the Parthenon , and they belong to the Parthenon - they belong to Greece. The stealing and raping of the marbles of the Parthenon by the lord Elgin will always be an illegal and immoral stigma for the governments of the United Kingdom -until they will return the marbles of the Parthenon to Greece.
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Wrong Photo For Cover 30 Dec. 2009
By Betty Hood - Published on Amazon.com
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The photo of the cover needs to read:

The Parthenon Marbles

The Marbles never belonged to Elgin, Thomas Bruce, the whatever Earl of whatever.

They belong to the temple built to honor Athena, for all that she meant to Athens and the rest of the world.

Bruce probably died without ever reaching this essential insight and distinction.
And this ignorance is prevalent to this day--not with all persons--but most certainly The British Museum believes as he did.

Still living in The Age of Darkness, those Trustees of Art are.
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